Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SFA Oral History Internships Available

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 6:52 AM

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  • southernfoodways.org
Do you like food? Do you like to hear people talk about food? Would you like to earn college credit and up to $500 per week to help the Southern Foodways Alliance with their valuable oral history project? Then do we have an opportunity for you — though you need to act fast because the deadline is soon. Here's the skinny from the SFA web site:

An In-House Internship at the SFA is a prearranged, structured learning experience usually lasting one to two weeks.

An In-House Internship is performed on the campus of the University of Mississippi under the direct supervision of SFA staff, with the SFA’s oral historian, Amy Evans Streeter, being the primary contact.

In-House Internships are offered for either one- or two-week durations, depending on interest and availability. Interns will conduct interviews for new or existing SFA oral history projects and/or produce multimedia pieces in support of existing projects.

Work completed during the internship term will be deposited in the SFA’s permanent archive. Interns will have the right to utilize the interviews they conduct for their own academic endeavors.

The Southern Foodways Alliance announces its next round of internships in oral history. Internships are geared towards current students who are interested in the food cultures of the American South and want to learn how to conduct oral histories, gain more fieldwork experience, and/or pursue their own projects in collaboration with the SFA. We offer two kinds of internships annually: In-House and Guided.

The deadline for applications for our 2011 internships is FEBRUARY 1, 2011. Please visit our web site for more information.

The Oral History projects are always entertaining and very valuable as a way to preserve the history of the culture of Southern food. For a list of the sort of projects that are ongoing or have been recently completed, check out the Oral History Project index page.

If you're looking for a more in-depth experience and already have an idea of what you want to work on, SFA also offers up to $1500 for guided internships to create an oral history or multimedia project providing content from these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Undergrads and graduate students are eligible to participate in this program. Information on these guided internships is also available on the SFA web site.

Don't try to tell the story of Prince's Hot chicken, though. Joe York already tried to wangle the secret recipe out of Andre' Jeffries to no avail.

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